A little backstory... I've always had an inclination for the more technical things in life. Math came easier than creative writing. Drilling holes came easier than designing a solution to a mechanical problem that required the drilling of said holes. Don't get me wrong. I always admired those who were more adept at less restrained activities, I just wasn't one of them. This carried into my musical preferences, and I let it steer me away from what music is all about. I focused on my scales, on getting that solo just right, on impressing audiences I performed for. Then I watched Joe Cocker at Woodstock. Boom. That was it. I decided that I was going to stop hyper-analyzing everything and just start experiencing things in a more relaxed way. The ease with which Mr. Cocker could get lost in the simplest of songs inspired me to finally become that chilled-out guy who chooses to be in the moment more often. I am absolutely enthralled with the benefit this attitude has made in my life recently. It's allowed me to finally connect with people easily. I can finally improvise in songs with no fear of judgement. I can finally enjoy the arts as venues for expression- not avenues for the ego. I'm sure most musicians have had similar moments and I just wanted to share how I happened upon mine. Thank you Joe Cocker!!!